Scary Reads for School-Age Boys


So, do you think you’re brave enough to handle some extra spooky reads just in time for Halloween? If so, check out these great picks for boys (and possibly brave young girls as well):


The Haunted Playground by Shaun Tan

Gavin is obsessed with hunting for treasure with his metal detector. He finds the perfect spot–a huge, sandy playground. Then he meets a bunch of kids who have a mysterious treasure hunt of their own. Gavin gets the feeling they want him to stay . . . forever.






The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope, the last apprentice.

This is the first book in the fantastic Last Apprentice series.




The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.




Monsters (The Unexplained) by Judith Herbst

Explores such “”monsters”” as the Yeti, zombies, and the Loch Ness monster, debunking many of these fantastic stories. But what creatures might yet be lurking out there just waiting to be discovered? A great read for curious minds.





Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe

BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire?
Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs! A horrific (yet humorous) read.
The first book in the Bunnicula series.





Of course, for a sure bet you can always try the ever-popular Goosebumps or American / Michigan Chillers series:



Enjoy these books and many more by visiting your local KDL branch library today!


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